An Egyptian court sentenced on Thursday 16 people to seven to 25 years in jail for committing acts of violence following the ouster of a former Islamist president in July 2013, Egyptian state media reported.
Among the 17 defendants was one sentenced to seven years in prison, one to 25 years, 14 to 15 years, and one acquitted. The defendants faced charges of committing acts of violence, terror, murder and attempted murder during clashes with the police on July 22, 2013, near the U.S. embassy in downtown Cairo, a couple of weeks after the ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.
Morsi was removed by the military in July 2013 in response to mass protests against his one-year rule and his currently outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group. Since then, Egypt has been fighting waves of terrorist activities that killed hundreds of policemen, soldiers and civilians.
Meanwhile, the Egyptian security forces killed hundreds of terrorists and arrested thousands of suspects during the anti-terror war declared in Egypt following Morsi’s ouster.